Spitfire Strategies

Jen Thom

Vice President

Jen Thom works in empathy and a-ha moments. She believes that the powerful combination of story and strategy can lead to changes in beliefs, policies, and practices that make a difference in people’s everyday lives. At Spitfire, Jen is a leader in the New York City office, where she provides counsel, directs strategy and message development, leads trainings and provides day-to-day counsel to clients including Bard Prison Initiative, Ford Foundation, Innocence Project, Latino Community Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation and the NYCLU.

Jen listens to her clients’ goals, gains a deep understanding of their constituents and develops approaches that build curiosity, engagement and support for their work. She specializes in distilling complex ideas and systems into compelling and actionable messages and campaigns.

Whether speaking out against hate in Charlottesville or standing up for immigrant rights and support of DACA recipients, Jen has coached executives and organizations to find their voice and role in responding to political and social moments. She has helped many clients develop values-based messages to roll out new initiatives that advance a narrative for social change.

As a strategist and trainer, Jen asks why, digging deeper and helping people conceptualize their big vision — using creative curriculum to teach her clients to connect the dots between the future they envision and their current state. She facilitates discussions and leads workshops to build her clients’ capacity and confidence to take the breakthroughs home with them and to their organizations. She has developed customized workshops to help participants learn by doing, for organizations like Parent Voices, Latino Community Foundation Nonprofit Accelerator and Bay Area Codes.

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Midy Aponte

Midy Aponte

Senior Vice President

AnaChristina Arana

AnaChristina Arana

Account Coordinator

Jae Aron

Jae Aron

Senior Account Manager

Alexander Boykin

Alexander Boykin

Learning Programs Specialist

Jennifer Carnig

Jennifer Carnig

Senior Vice President

Mark Dessauer

Mark Dessauer

Vice President

Alvin Findlay

Alvin Findlay

Controller

Kevin Forster

Kevin Forster

Chief Financial Officer

Annabelle Gardner

Annabelle Gardner

Senior Account Manager

Shari Goins

Shari Goins

Project Accountant

Kristen Grimm

Kristen Grimm

President

Erin B. Hart

Erin B. Hart

Chief Innovation Officer

Kristiana Jordan

Kristiana Jordan

Account Executive

Beth Kanter

Beth Kanter

Chief Strategy Officer

Jenny Kern

Jenny Kern

Vice President

Liv Kittel

Liv Kittel

Director

Ellie Klerlein

Ellie Klerlein

Vice President

Corey Martin

Corey Martin

Staff Accountant

Sydney McKenney

Sydney McKenney

Senior Account Executive of Creative

Haley McKey

Haley McKey

Senior Account Executive

Melanie Moon

Melanie Moon

Senior Account Manager

Sherice Perry

Sherice Perry

Vice President

Prita Piekara

Prita Piekara

Director of External Engagement

Dennis Poplin

Dennis Poplin

Senior Vice President

Michael Ramsey

Michael Ramsey

Senior Account Executive

Hannah Ross

Hannah Ross

Account Executive

Nima Shirazi

Nima Shirazi

Director

Jacquelyn Smith

Jacquelyn Smith

Account Executive

Heather Sullivan

Heather Sullivan

Operations Executive

Jen Thom

Jen Thom

Vice President

Aaron Zeiler

Aaron Zeiler

Account Coordinator

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AnaChristina Arana

By AnaChristina Arana
Account Coordinator

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Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

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